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All opinions, particularly those defended most vehemently and fanatically, seem to be based on limited awareness of facts combined with deep emotional attachment to certain beliefs.
Healing Cancer Naturally

The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.
Gustave Le Bon (1841 – 1931), French polymath, in his seminal work "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind"

One of the most constant characteristics of beliefs is their intolerance. The stronger the belief, the greater its intolerance. Men dominated by a certitude cannot tolerate those who do not accept it.
Gustave Le Bon

No wisdom can prevail against a stupidity which is in fashion.
Theodor Fontane (1819 – 1898), German novelist and poet

Truth neither needs weapons to defend itself, nor violence to force you to believe it. It only has to appear, and once its light has chased away the clouds that are hiding it, its victory is assured.
Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1712 – 1786)

The more astounding a scientific discovery,
the more opposition it faces by science.

Max Planck

Truth is hate to those who hate the truth!
Author unknown

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.
John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933)

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
Charles Darwin

(The above observation has been corroborated by modern studies and is known as the Dunning–Kruger effect.)

All I know is that I don't know, and thus I know more than you do.
Socrates (470/469 – 399 BC)
Note: The above quote is often misquoted as "I know that I know nothing".

If you fail to use your eyes for seeing, you will need them for crying.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905 – 1980), French philosopher, writer, political activist

In almost any war one side can be dishonestly demonized even by a truthful enumeration of its crimes, if the crimes of its adversaries are suppressed.
Irmin Vinson, author

A painful truth is better than a lie!
Thomas Mann (1875 – 1955), German writer, social critic, philanthropist, & Nobelist

Most people would rather die than think. In fact they do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) US-American poet and lecturer

Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives; only a few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
Voltaire

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.
Thomas Szasz

Many receive advice, few profit by it.
Publilius Syrus

You are always up against those people who think they know, but they don't..... I also thought I knew.......... but I didn't...........
paraphrasing Lila Lipscomb, the mother from Flint who lost her son in Iraq, commenting in "Fahrenheit 9/11" on a woman who had told her to blame her son's death on AlQaeda

I know that most (men), including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread into the fabric of their lives.
Count Leo Tolstoy

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

First they ignore you; then they laugh at you; then they fight you; then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Albert Einstein

It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Upton Sinclair

The pain of a new idea is one of the greatest pains in human nature... Your favorite notion may be wrong, your firmest beliefs ill-founded. And your favorite foods may be the root cause of your greatest pains! It's a fact of life that people find it much easier to believe a lie they've heard a thousand times than a fact they've never heard before.
Daniel P. Reid in The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Bible (King James Version), Ephesians 6:12

... why is science so resistant to the paranormal in particular? ... In commenting on the resistance he experienced to his own unorthodox views on health, Yale surgeon Dr. Bernie S. Siegel ... asserts that it is because people are addicted to their beliefs. Siegel says this is why when you try to change someone's belief they act like an addict ... we do act like addicts when someone tries to wrest from us the powerful opium of our dogmas. And since Western science has devoted several centuries to not believing in the paranormal, it is not going to surrender its addiction lightly.
Michael Talbot in his book The Holographic Universe

Public health announcements and prevention programs, by their suggestive nature, create more instances of the diseases than they prevent!
Seth

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
Gandhi

...in our society, there seems a general rule that, the more obviously one's work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it.
David Graeber, Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics

All illness is self-created.
Conversations With God

Do you remember how electrical currents and "unseen waves" were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.
Albert Einstein

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
Georg C. Lichtenberg

Everything - absolutely everything - that happens in our lives has a spiritual cause. Events on all other levels - mental, emotional and physical - are only effects. When we are struggling with any challenge, whether it be ill health, a lack of money, a lost job, poor relationships, an accident, whatever - we need to look for the spiritual learning. We can ask ourselves, "What quality does my soul want me to live more fully?" If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.
THE DAILY GURU

Often, we are so stuck in our old beliefs and patterns that we aren't able to see the changes we need to make. Even when we feel frustrated about our problems, we may not recognize what we need to learn to change things. That is why we need to use the mirror of life...We can use everything that happens externally as a mirror to help us see the areas within us that need healing and development. Whenever we have a problem, especially a recurring or chronic problem, it is always an arrow pointing directly to some aspect of our psyche where we need more awareness. If we accept that life is always trying to teach us exactly what we need to learn, we can view everything that happens to us as a gift. Even experiences that are uncomfortable or painful contain within them an important key to our healing, wholeness, and prosperity. We may have difficulty understanding what the mirror of life is trying to show us, but if we sincerely ask for the learning and the gift in every experience, it will be revealed to us one way or another.
Shakti Gawain in Using the Mirror of Life

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
Carl Jung

We learn the lessons in life we are to learn two ways: either through obedience to natural laws or through suffering the consequences of not observing those laws...None of us consciously create the suffering we experience.
Karol Truman, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die..., 1998

The object of the superior man is truth.
Confucius

There is no such thing to this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in 1 issue of my paper, before 24 hours my occupation would be gone. The business of journalist is to destroy truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings, and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
John Swinton, former Chief of Staff of the NY Times

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